Spring is in the air, finally!
As things start to bloom many of us will turn our winter weary cameras toward budding plants and flowers but how do we show these timeless subjects in a fresh new light? Follow the tips below to bring some creativity to your flower photography.
1.) It’s all about angles. We’ve seen hundreds of flower images in our lifetime and the one common mistake they all share is that they’re shot overhead: the photographer stands over a flower, points their camera and clicks. The result? A familiar flower shot that we’ve all seen before. So in order to do it differently try a unique angle by getting down LOW. This will not only help to give your subject more dimension but it’ll also provide your viewer with a “bug’s eye” view they wouldn’t normally see.
Image from Giovanni88Ant on flickr
2.) Shoot on all scales. Don’t be afraid to move in super close to your subject as well as back up to show a whole scene or garden. Try getting in tight to your flower and capture a small section of a single petal but then back up considerably to shoot an entire field of flowers. Pairing images of the same subject with different views can create a beautiful series worthy of your living room walls.
Image by Jose Antunes Photography
3.) Add a little water. Wait for it to rain or use a spray bottle to add interesting droplets to your flowers. Shooting any kind of landscape right after it rains will always saturate the colours in your scene, making them appear richer and more vibrant.
Image from Joakim Kræmer
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